The 2015 NFL Draft is still far away. But that doesn't matter, because mock draft season is in full gear and there's no shortage of opinion as to who the Eagles will be taking with the No. 20 overall pick. So with that said, let's take a look at what the experts are saying.
FanSpeak (Custom) - Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
I was going to take White in last week's simulation before I tried it a second time and got Marcus Mariota. No Mariota available this time around, so I took White. I don't think he'll be on the the board when the Eagles pick at No. 20. Mike Mayock has him at his No. 1 wide receiver. But he was too good to pass up in this just-for-fun exercise.
SB Nation (Dan Kadar) - P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
It's almost impossible to think about the Eagles and what they need and not conclude it's a defensive back. In this scenario, Williams is the best on the board.
Mel Kiper Jr. (ESPN In$ider) - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
I can't leave all the Eagles fans tweeting at me and asking the big question hanging, so I'll say this: Of course I can fathom a scenario where they move up (or at least look to) and target the QB who made it tough for Chip Kelly to leave for a good NFL job when he did. But I can't project a trade here, and just as many close Eagles observers know that help at cornerback is badly needed. Peters doesn't come without question marks -- he was dismissed from the team at Washington this past season -- but if it's purely a question of talent, he's a potential steal at this point in the first round. He has loads of natural talent, and playmaker instincts to go with very good ball skills, and he makes any secondary better if he's playing up to his potential.
Charles Davis (NFL.com) - P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
The Eagles could use a corner that can cover and tackle, and Williams fits the bill.
Rob Rang (CBS Sports) - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
With Chip Kelly left in full control of the roster, he could rely on his familiarity with the Pac-12. Peters, who was kicked off the team at Washington, comes will all kinds of character red-flags but he's also the most talented corner in the draft.
Dane Brugler (CBS Sports) - Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)
After a four-year career on the basketball court, Rollins returned to football in 2014 and was the MAC Defensive Player of the Year, showing first-round traits as a cornerback that could fill a need for Philadelphia.
Pat Kirwan (CBS Sports) - Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
Big, athletic defensive tackles are hard to find and the small pool evaporates fast in the draft. He may not be as bulky as Eddie Goldman but he was disruptive in 2014 with 19 plays behind the line of scrimmage. Some 3-4 defenses are looking for '5' techniques to rush the passer or he could be a '3' tech in a 4-3 defense.
Once again, it's no surprise to see the Eagles linked to cornerbacks. It's also worth mentioning again that neither Peters nor Williams seem like realistic targets for Philadelphia due to character concerns.
There are a few surprises in this roundup. Quinten Rollins going in the first raises an eye-brow. He's flashed some potential but he lacks experience. He only played 12 games in college. As for Malcom Brown, I have a hard time believing the Eagles will address the defensive line. They already have a lot of depth and youth there.
Here's a summary of the picks:
CB Marcus Peters (2)
CB P.J. Williams (2)
CB Quinten Rollins (1)
DT Malcom Brown (1)
WR Kevin White (1)